Our Radar Roundup compiles products and videos from the ‘net in an easy-to-digest format. Read on below for today’s findings…
Transition Brings Back the TransAM Hardtail $2,699 (chrome) $2,599 (blue)
The legendary TransAM hardtail returns to the Transition Bikes lineup. With sliding dropouts, a chainstay yoke, integrated chainstay protection, clearance for a 2.5″ tire, a 150mm Marzocchi Z2 fork, progressive geometry, and a steel chassis, this might be one of the best sub $3000 hardtails on the market right now. And they look even better in person.
Props to Transition for investing PR&D in a trail-capable hardtail!
Check out more at Transition.
Beaming with protection and visibility POC release its latest version of the hugely popular Omne helmet, the Omne Beacon, was developed to give riders even more security and visibility in dark and low-light conditions, the Omne Beacon integrates a rechargeable LED rear light and additional reflective details. With a clear focus on usability and a seamless design, the Omne Beacon— which is developed from the original Omne Air—provides riders with extra protection all packaged inside the same Omne helmet design.
- Prices: EUR 240, USD 240, NOK 2400, SEK 2400, CHF 270, DKK 1800, GBP 220
- Integrated Light: The helmet features an integrated light to help ensure others can easily see you in low light conditions. The light is operated manually and charges via a USB-C connection.
- LED Brightness: Vivid mode: 32 Lumens, Steady mode: 24 Lumens, Blinking mode: 24 Lumens.
- Rated IP55: Ingress protection against water and dust.
- LED approximate battery duration: Vivid mode: ~13hrs, Steady mode: ~17hrs, Blinking mode: ~32hrs. A full charge takes approximately 4h.
- EPS Liner: A lightweight EPS liner gives optimized protection.
- PC Shell: The PC shell enhances the structural integrity of the helmet.
- Adjustable 360° Fit: A 360° adjustment system makes it easy to find a secure, comfortable fit.
- Mips Integra: Mips Integra seamlessly and almost invisibly integrates rotational impact protection into the helmet.
- Slimmer Profile: Thanks to precise depth in core zones of the liner and the optimized coverage of the helmet shell.
See more at POC.
Never ones to halt design progression, Wolf Tooth just released a unique dropper lever remove with countless mounting options and a unique lever. The Wolf Tooth ReMote 360 is a joystick-style dropper lever that can be installed almost anywhere on the handlebars. It is compatible with all cable-actuated dropper posts. The lever can be pushed or pulled in any direction with a thumb or index finger. The clamp can be rotated 360º around the bars, while the base can be rotated 360º in relation to the clamp. It can be mounted on the left or right side, above or below the bars, and angled however feels comfortable. There is no wrong way to use ReMote 360.
Check out more at Wolf Tooth.
Fern Bicycles ALLYGN Diamond Rack and Diamond Bag $180/$230
This front rack was brewed and born right in the Fern Bicycles workshop in Berlin. Over the past years Fern has hand built numerous and kept on improving this unique design. Finally, Fern is proud to present this production model, made with the same great attention to detail and from the same 0.8mm thin-walled high-strength 25CrMo4 steel. The production Diamond Rack is made in Taiwan and available with 270mm or 420mm leg lengths.
Allygn, Gramm Tourpacking, and Fern also just re-upped their popular Diamond Bags, specifically designed to work with the Diamond rack.
Check out Josh’s thoughts on the Diamond Rack and Diamond Bag in his State 4130 review:
Can a Sub-$2k Wireless Shifting Bike be Any Good? State Bicycle Co. 4130 All-Road Rival XPLR eTap AXS Review
Check out both at Fern Bicycles.
We’re still in love with our DOOM Bars setups and Keaton just stocked up a new model: The Lucky Riser. These bars offer up 14º of backsweep, because 13 would be unlucky! 2” Rise and 6º upsweep. They come in at a massive 826mm wide with a 235mm grip area (can be cut to 728mm with a 185mm grip area). These bars feature a 22.2 stem clamp (includes shims for a 31.8 or 25.4 stem) and feature an Endless Abyss Black Powder Coat.
Check out more at DOOM Bars.
Rivendell isn’t about slapping its logo on black products. Nope. So when the brand wanted to offer up an affordable, vegan saddle, they went with their own design and specified every detail. These are made in China, for $50, and after four prototypes and small changes, it came out perfect. It’s a cheap (price) dialed-in, high-quality plastic saddle with the world’s best saddlebag loops. If you want a weatherproof, comfortable saddle for a more or less upright riding position, and one you don’t have to worry about it getting wet or stolen, this is your holy grail.
Nose it up about 10 to 15 degrees. This adds about 25 percent more comfort.
Check out more at Rivendell.
Transcontinental Race 2024 Will Begin in Roubaix for the first time.
Lost Dot, organizers of the Transcontinental Race (TCR), officially launched TCRNo10 on Friday, with the breaking news that the Race will see a return to Istanbul for the first time since 2015. With a route steeped in cycling and TCR history, the race will start in Roubaix, France, before riders free route their way to the Finish in Istanbul via Control Points in Slovenia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Türkiye. Scheduled to start on 21st July 2024, the 10th edition will be over 3,700 km in length, with 47,000 m of climbing.
The route will offer the kind of drama, intrigue, and adventure synonymous with the definitive self-supported bicycle race across Europe. “The 10th edition of the Transcontinental Race builds on the legacy of our founder, the late Mike Hall, while incorporating new locations into the rich tapestry of the Race he built,” said David Ayre, Race Director. “With several former winners having expressed an interest in returning for TCRNo10, it’s already shaping up to be an exciting edition for racers and dot watchers alike.”
Applications for TCRNo10 will open in December. Follow The Transcontinental Race on social media for the most recent updates and announcements about the event: The Transcontinental Race.
Saturday, January 13, 2024, · 8 am – 8 pm EST
Rad Bazaar Finds
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Selling my beautiful pride and joy of a bike, my Custom Rock Lobster. 23 lbs as built now, this thing does it all, road rides, fully loaded tours, gravel missions, mellow single track. From packraft road tours in Alaska to mixed pavement/dirt road rides in the Eastern Sierra, this thing has been around and handled everything I’ve thrown at it. You name it, it can do it! Hand-built frame by Paul Sadoff, this thing is a California beauty. Bike is in great condition, with some minor wear on the frame from dirt road riding and fun since 2018. But it’s steel, so it’ll last a lifetime!
1999 Ibis Bow-Ti
Shimano XTR N950 Kit
Shimano XTR shifters and brake levers
Front derailleur replaced w/ XTR M952
Cassette has been replaced w/ a standard HG 11-32
Wheels – XTR on Mavic Rims
Fork -Fox RLT100
Shock – Stratos Helic Expert
Titec 118 Handlebar
See our in-depth look on the Ibis Bow-Ti here:
Vintage Bicycles: 1998 Ibis Bow Ti – 5″ of Titanium Travel
Selling a beautiful x-11 Waterford cyclocross bike made from lugged Reynolds steel. Has nice wheels with Campagnolo hubs, Mavic Open Pro/DT Swiss rims, and cool green Vittoria tires. Drivetrain is Campy Centaur, Chorus, Veloce mix with a 50×34 crankset and cool integrated shift brake setup with carbon levers. Comes with spare cassette sprockets, Campy ultra-narrow 10-speed chain, and Campy Ultra-Torque steel bearing and seal kit as well as spare green Vittoria tires. Paint has some wear spots, but it’s in really good shape overall. The whole package together weighs 21.6 pounds, and it has a nimble, energetic ride quality that needs to be experienced to be believed.
Bikepacking Iceland – About Friendship with Finja & Svenja
Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…
We love this flier so much! Well done Casey and Kenzie!
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